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Monday in the Life

Hey there.

I am moving fast…but it’s a blur of good. I woke up at 1 a.m. last night and started to panic about everything that I have on my plate (the middle of the night will do that to you every time!) but I reframed my anxiety to focus on feeling gratitude for the ABUNDANCE of opportunity instead of the LACK of time…and I fell right back asleep until my alarm sounded.

Here’s what a “day in the life Monday” to show you what an average day is looking like for me lately…

4:55 a.m. – alarm sounds


I stumble out of bed and find Sullie in the office glaring at me for turning on the light and waking her up. Seriously that face!


5 a.m. – espresso time. I make a shot of espresso in my Nespresso machine every morning and drink it while I’m getting ready. I was on this kick for a while where I drank herbal tea at the gym while I trained my first client but then I discovered that a shot of espresso has seriously magical powers. It kicks in by the time I get to the gym and makes me feel like a human instead of a tired robot trainer! 🙂


5:20 a.m. – I pack up for the gym and put Sullie out to do her thing. She HATES going out this early and usually stays in bed until I get home but I have four clients in a row and a meeting and won’t be home until late so she has to go out. I took overnight oats, tea and cookies to the gym (to share with co-workers).


5:25 a.m. – Sullie comes in and heads straight back to bed. I leave for the gym.

5:30 a.m. – train client #1. Female client in her early 30s who is 6 months pregnant with her second baby. Her goal is to stay active throughout this pregnancy and I’m so impressed by her stamina and motivation.

6:30 a.m. – train client #2. Female client in her late 20s with an athletic background but works long hours with lots of sitting and high heels. We are focusing on strength training along with a lot of mobility and flexibility work.

7:30 a.m. – train client #3. Female client in her late 30s who started practicing yoga in my classes at Metro over 2 years ago, fell in love and has now gone through yoga teacher training and just started strength training for the first time in her life with me over the summer.

8:30 a.m. – train client #4. Male client in early 40s who is the husband of a close friend. Ex-Marine who has spent last few years focusing on strength training and wants to incorporate more high intensity and cardio training to drop some weight. He’s been loving his sessions with me… 😉

I’m giving you a brief background on each of my clients so that you can see how they all require a different focus and have unique goals. I did four different workouts with four different clients.


I made overnight oats for breakfast and ate half of them between my 6:30 and 7:30 client and the other half between my 7:30 and 8:30 client. It was the best I could do! Oats, bananas, chia seeds, pumpkin, 2% plain greek yogurt, almond milk, dried cranberries, pumpkin pie spice, peanut butter and pumpkin butter.

9:30 a.m. – stay at the gym to shoot a video on rolling out the feet for Run Charlotte Run and to do some blog paperwork.



10:30 a.m. – meeting to discuss some yoga projects and GOD BLESS MY FRIEND for having a venti coffee waiting for me.

Noon – home and get straight on the computer. Edit video for Run Charlotte Run and film video in my living room for my flip dog to full wheel tutorial.

1 p.m. – Lunch


Salad with spinach, apples, avocado, dried cranberries, goat cheese, beets and turkey, a bowl of butternut squash soup and two cookies.

1:15 p.m. – back on the computer where I edit video for my yoga tutorial and write PBR post for the day. I also work on a lot of promotional stuff for Metro. We’re launching a new special this week where new members get their first month unlimited for $49. This includes access to all three of our locations and all of our classes…including CrossFit, kickboxing, circuit training, yoga and spinning! It’s an incredible deal. On the marketing/communications front I’ve worked on graphics, Facebook covers, website sliders, website pages about the special on all three of our sites, staff communication about the special so they are in the know and an eblast sent via Constant Contact to go out to all of our prospects about the special. (Again explaining all of this so you can see what goes into the type of job I do…and all of that didn’t happen yesterday but it’s what I’ve worked on over the last three days.)

3:15 p.m. – 3 mile run

3:45 p.m. – shower and get ready to head back to the gym

4:30 p.m. – back at the gym for a yoga private



Male client in his 40s and he’s been with me for over 3 years now! He had never practiced yoga before we started our 2x week sessions when I first started full-time in fitness. It’s been amazing to watch his transformation! For this session we did 30 minutes of flow and 30 minutes of mobility work with foam rollers and lacrosse balls because he had a tennis match after our session that he wanted to stretch out for.

5:30 p.m. – coach CrossFit

6:30 p.m. – coach Circuit Training


I really enjoy coaching these classes and working with the group dynamic. The circuit workout yesterday was SNEAKY hard. You should try it!

3 rounds:

500 meter row
20 kettlebell swings
20 box jumps

It takes between 11-15 minutes. You want to go pretty full-out.

7:30 p.m. – get changed in the locker room at the gym to go out


Isn’t this hot? I wore my Tommy Copper compression sleeves under my socks. I am obsessed with them.

7:45 p.m. – meet gym friends out for a going away happy hour. I coerce Teri from A Foodie Stays Fit to join us. She’s in town for work.


8:30 p.m. – Teri and I walk over to Nolen Kitchen for dinner where I inhale a burger topped with provolone and mushrooms. Sauteed brussels sprouts with pancetta on the side. My gym friends come and join us a little later and I end up laughing so hard that my stomach hurts. Good people, fun evening.

9:45 p.m. – home, eat two more cookies, feed Sullie, change, wash face, get in bed and get on the computer. I finish my story for Run Charlotte Run on rolling out the feet. Check it out.

11:15 p.m. – lights out

Winners of the Millchap Sweet Potato Co. Giveaway

Comment #20 – Laura M.

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Congrats! I will email you to get your shipping info.

Have a great day everyone!

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  • meredith @ The Cookie ChRUNicles October 21, 2014, 5:01 pm

    Those Brussels sprouts look terrific! I am such a sucker for the Brussels sprouts in restaurants…And oh, the middle of the night is the worst for thinking! I have learned to tell myself at night that whatever is on my mind isn’t worth thinking about at 2 am because my thought-process is not sane at that hour.

  • mary @ minutes per mile October 21, 2014, 5:07 pm

    wow, crazy day! so full of variety though. love the compression socks under the socks look 😉

  • Hillary | Nutrition Nut on the Run October 21, 2014, 5:29 pm

    Wow, I don’t know how you do it. Are most of your days like this or was it a particularly full one?

    Just curious — when do you prep/make-up your workouts for your clients, and also (if you don’t mind sharing), how do you keep organized with all of your jobs (i.e. pay checks).

    Since I, too, have more than one source of income, I feel like it’s really key to be organized about money. Do you use a spreadsheet, or?


  • elizabeth October 21, 2014, 5:51 pm

    How do you like that Nespresso? Do you buy pods or refill pods yourself? Which is your favorite roast?

  • Olivia October 21, 2014, 6:11 pm

    Wow, sounds like a full and rewarding day! I wake up at 7 most days to run with friends and as a college student, the campus is a ghost town. It’s really peaceful, which is nice, but it also feels pretty early. I can imagine it’d be EXTREMELY peaceful at 4:55 am!

  • Sam @ PancakeWarriors October 21, 2014, 7:42 pm

    Jen you had a crazy busy day. I’m not sure how you keep all of this going but kudos because you kick ass! I sure hope you aren’t waking up at 1 am all the time. Ugh I’d never get back to sleep! That promo is awesome are you sharing it on FB soon? I live in the Charlotte area and would love to see if a few friends would be interested! Thanks for sharing!

  • Amber October 21, 2014, 7:49 pm

    Wow I don’t know how you get up so early and go to bed so late! I am a super early riser but I’m DONE by 10pm every night.

    Love your day in the life posts!

    • Jen October 22, 2014, 8:32 am

      I’m about to write a post about that…today!

  • She Rocks Fitness October 21, 2014, 8:26 pm

    Woman…how the heck did you go out to dinner with friends? I would have been passed out long before that…HAHA! High-Fives to you and yes I would have inhaled that burger as well. It looks fabulous. I liked learning about your diverse group of clients. It keeps the day interesting and it is fun to train people on such different levels. xoxo

    • Jen October 22, 2014, 8:33 am

      i have tried to cut back on going out on week nights because it does make me super tired…but this group was worth it!

      • Jen October 22, 2014, 8:34 am

        and yes! i’d go crazy without a little diversity with my clients. love a challenge! 🙂

  • Halle October 21, 2014, 10:45 pm

    Your level of productivity and ability to switch from one task to the next are seriously inspiring me right now!

  • Carrie (This Fit Chick) October 21, 2014, 10:50 pm

    geez what a busy day! you really run all over the place! I’m impressed!

    • Jen October 22, 2014, 8:32 am

      Well, luckily I was only at the gym this day so I was just between home and gym for all of my sessions and classes. I only live 1.5 miles away so it’s convenient!

  • Maria October 22, 2014, 4:40 am

    Woah, just reading that made me tired! You are amazingly energetic.

    Do you have someone to help take Sullie out on days like these or is she content staying home a lot? I’m wondering this because I’d love to have a dog, but worry about the commitment when days get hectic.

    • Jen October 22, 2014, 8:30 am

      Nope! I live really close to the gym (1.5 miles) so I’m home a lot during the day. I do most of my writing and computer work from home. I’m usually gone mornings and evenings and spend most of my day home with her! If I am going to be gone for a long time I ask my neighbor to let her out. And sometimes I bring her to the gym with me! 🙂

      When I worked full-time in advertising I came home at lunch to let her out most days. A lot of people use dog walkers or doggy day care.

  • Cara's Healthy Cravings October 22, 2014, 8:13 am

    You are one busy bee! At least you are doing what ya love, so the extra energy/push it takes is probably worth it.

  • Jojo @ Run Fast Eat Lots October 22, 2014, 8:16 am

    You are a busy lady!

  • Pam October 22, 2014, 9:45 am

    Crazy busy but so rewarding I know! It comes through in your writing! I love variety and challenges! That Sullie is too cute! Keep up the amazing sharing of your life! It is such an inspiration

  • Hayley October 22, 2014, 10:43 am

    Your days are so busy but full of good stuff. I’m sure having that much on your plate is manageable because you’re passionate about everything you’re doing!

  • Teri || a foodie stays fit October 22, 2014, 7:30 pm

    I had SO much fun on Monday night! I haven’t laughed that hard in way too long! Loved seeing you and meeting your great friends! xoxoxo

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